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Insufficient Blood Circulation May Lead to Artery Conditions

Monday, 01 March 2021 00:00

The circulatory system in the body is rarely given any thought when it functions properly. It consists of blood flowing efficiently throughout the body, and is able to fight infection by supplying white blood cells with proper nutrients. When blood flow becomes restricted, artery disease may develop and progress. This can be a result of excess plaque that has developed in the arteries, which can narrow the space that blood can flow through. If this condition is left untreated, it may lead to conditions that can include reduced blood flow to the brain which may be followed by a stroke. Common symptoms of poor circulation are felt in the feet and legs, which may become numb and can cause difficulty in walking. It may be beneficial to practice a daily walking routine, and time and mileage may be gradually increased. If you have signs you may have poor circulation, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can determine what the best course of treatment is for you.

Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Dr. Scott Shrem of Garden State Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is can be caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. This can restrict the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.


Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development. It can also cause:

  • Muscle pain, stiffness, or weakness   
  • Numbness or cramping in the legs 
  • Skin discoloration
  • Slower nail & hair growth
  • Erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, as are those who are over 50. If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions.

As always, see a podiatrist as he or she will assist in finding a regimen that suits you. A podiatrist can also prescribe you any needed medication. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Hazlet, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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